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Oh, what the heck. I couldn't do this daily, but occasionally to commemorate interesting moments...

And Lunabird points out that whatever I saw, it was probably not a badger because American Badgers are a western species.

I am now very confused, because I looked at it, went "thaaaaat's not a raccoon!" and filed it as badger because it looked exactly like the badgers I'm used to out west, and never stopped to think I was in the wrong part of the country.

The problem is that as far as these things go, there aren't many other options. I don't think I'm dense enough to have mis-ID'd a raccoon--I've seen hundreds of road-killed raccoons, and I particularly noted the lack of face mask--and it would also be the biggest raccoon I've ever seen.

Um. Leucistic silver beaver with odd face? Really strange squat dog? Absolutely not a grey fox nor a (very rare) armadillo.

I guess it is hypothetically possible that I saw a black bear cub with an odd coat, but giant oddly marked raccoon is almost more plausible.

Open to suggestions, but that one may go down as a mystery.


I knew about Franklin trees, having come across them in passing in the Audubon Society's guide to North American trees, but I don't think I've ever seen one.

From wikipedia:

"The Franklin tree has a reputation among gardeners for being difficult to cultivate, especially in urban environments. It prefers sandy, high-acid soil, and does not tolerate compacted clay soil, excessive moisture, or any disturbance to its roots. The Franklin tree has no known pests, but it is subject to a root-rot disease and does not endure drought well."

What's your soil like, Ursula?


The mix of drawn art, explanations, and labels really make these super-awesome. ^_^

Spreads by runners *shudder*

The garden does look lovely! I am currently fighting the good fight against Bishop's Weed in my front flower bed. It came from next door, the bushes are full of it. It amazes me that something can tunnel under my driveway and pop out in my bed, a good five-six feet away under asphalt. My back vegetable beds have bush beans and sugar peas busting out. I'm hoping my Irish Spring Soap on Sticks will keep the resident bunnies away. So far, so good. *crosses fingers*

Re: Spreads by runners *shudder*

Good luck and god speed!

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Wow. I had no idea badgers could occur on the East Coast at all. I've never seen a wild one in my life. I'm mega super curious about the species.

...you're right, having checked the range maps, and I am now EXTREMELY puzzled, because there is no way that was a raccoon. It looked exactly like an American badger, which I'm reasonable familiar with, and now I have to dig through the mammal listings to see what the heck I saw.

Intact head, thought "oh, badger," and went on my way. Bigger than a raccoon, no mask, no visible tail, but dark markings on the face. I am very confused now!

I am getting a Prairie Baptisia!

Any chance it was a porcupine?

That would be almost as unlikely as a badger--there are historical records, but nobody's seen one in NC in a hundred years.

Eh; just because biologists claim that a critter's range *only* extends thus-and-so far, that doesn't mean that what they say is the Be All And End All of reality. Remember the so-called 'extinct' Black-footed Ferret?

(Also, your Spiderwort is gorgeous! I love Spiderwort; I used to pick the prettiest blue variety growing on my college campus down near the swamp (I went to college in Pensacola FL; lots of swamps around there.))

I've got about five different spiderworts--love them!

What do you mean, it'll remain a mystery? You can always go back and check.

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What, like a fruit tree with related fruits grafted on? I've seen an apple tree with two kinds of apples, and a neighbour of a cousin has a peach tree that also gives apricots.

re spreads by runners

I have a friend who is a serious horticulturist. At one point when he lived in mid-town he went on a bamboo jag, obtaining and planting different bamboos to see what would survive here in KC. To his horror, he realized after the fact that one of the species he planted could send runners as far as 100 feet underground and come up there. He replanted it into an clean, bottomless oil drum.

Neighborhood got bought out for a giant retail plaza (Costco and Home Despot). We kept having visions of a wild, mutant bamboo thrusting up through the asphalt Costco parking lot and gong 'bwaa haaa haaa, you thought you could KILL ME?!" And giggle. A lot.

Re: re spreads by runners

Gaaa! Spreads by runners! My husband made that mistake with trumpet vines, which he loved. Eight years later I am very nearly at the "kill it with FIRE!" stage of attempting to extirpate it from the rest of the yard. Not to mention that it destroys fences and siding and shingles...

The problem I had with bush honeysuckle wasn't the runners...it was the berries. Berries that are apparently quite tasty to birdy palates. LOTS of berries with VERY vigorously fertile seeds.

I once spent a great deal of money (well over $100 from memory) on a very tiny, very endangered, brought back from extinction (sort of) Wollemi Pine

Killed it in 6 months :( I am not allowed plants anymore (except for Orchids, and with them i do all the wrong things and they totally flourish!, weird!)


I have a lovely spiderwort with yellow-green leaves and dark purple flowers; the variety is called Kate.

I may look for others. :)